The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

The Play: ‘A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’


First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Some contemporary reviews praised the play’s humour and the culmination of Wilde’s artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

Directors: Steve Holding Sutton, Iain Holding Sutton, Sally Teague Williams

Jack – Andy Poole

Algernon, Dylan Price

Gwendolyn – Laura Hill

Cecily – Meg Rennie

Lady Bracknell – Lynne Foster

Miss Prism – Rachel Curren

Dr Chasuble – Mark Sutton

Lane – Terry Cramphorn

Merriman – Simon Hirst

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